trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \

Definition of tradesman

1 : a worker in a skilled trade : craftsman
2 : one who runs a retail store : shopkeeper

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Examples of tradesman in a Sentence

electricians, plumbers, and other tradesmen He joined the tradesmen's union.

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From tradesman tool to off-road warrior to bling machine, there's a truck for pretty much everyone. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Trucks, SUVs, and Vans," 24 Jan. 2019 Its practitioners were often thick-skinned tradesmen, regarded as little different socially from barbers or butchers. Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Under the Knife’ Review: The Kindest Cuts," 14 Nov. 2018 Much like how plumbers, electricians, and other tradesmen install and service other equipment in a home. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Former Alexa smart home chief and Windows Media Center founder joins Control4," 2 Aug. 2018 That decision helped convince Volkswagen to build a new assembly plant in Relizane, Algeria, which began churning out cars from several of its volume brands there, including the Caddy small delivery van, popular with tradesmen, and the Polo compact. William Boston, WSJ, "Car Makers Turning North Africa Into Auto Hub," 30 Sep. 2018 The commission is considering recommendations that would ensure codes are updated in state statutes and mandate more training for tradesmen, said state Senator Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat who serves on the commission. Danny Mcdonald,, "Relatives of two Boston firefighters killed in Back Bay blaze to testify on ‘hot work’ bill on Beacon Hill," 11 July 2018 So many of our tradesmen are growing older without a generational plan to secure bright young apprentices to carry on the trade. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Wait times will probably only get longer, thanks to a perfect storm of events that created today’s tradesman shortage. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "A little training goes a long way in contractor's battle with qualified tradesman shortage," 26 Apr. 2018 The company sought out a niche market of farmers, horse owners, ranchers, part-time and hobby farmers and suburban and rural homeowners, as well as contractors and tradesmen, the website says. Detroit Free Press, "Owner wants to demolish 1800s Northville building, city refuses," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of tradesman

circa 1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tradesman

: a person who works in a job that requires special skill or training
chiefly British : someone who sells or delivers goods


trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \
plural tradesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of tradesman

1 : a person who runs a retail store

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